Look ahead and plan for up and coming events/steps you need to take. so you are prepared for whats ahead.
Truckers from across New Zealand share their safety tips. #TipsFromSafeDrivers
I haul a tank. Please just don’t jump in from off the truck and just stop in our lane just because there is a gap in the traffic. With the surge of our loads it make it hard for the driver to stop. Beware of the space you give us.
I wish the average driver and truck driver alike knew that when a truck driver opens up their following distance, that doesn’t mean you should jump in between the two vehicles. I try to maintain a safe following distance at all times not only to give myself an out but to have time to react to and given situation ahead.
Also, if you are going to pass a big rig, go on and pass. Stop just hanging right at the driver’s door or our blind spots.
Learn and use the Smith System
Aim high in steering. Look at least 15 seconds into your future, not just at the vehicle in front of you.
Get the big picture. Look for hazards…
Keep your eyes moving. Don’t stare…
Leave yourself an out. Monitor the space cushion around you.
Make sure they see you. Use your signals.
Always be aware of your surroundings! Never follow to close.
When getting unloaded on the side of the road never turn your back on traffic, and always wear a safety vest.
Anticipate what other drivers are going to do before they do it. You always have to be aware of what’s driving around you at all times. Keep looking at least a quarter mile ahead not just at the tail lights in front of you.
Take your time and be patient. Flatbed drivers throw the extra securement. Slow down and read the signs get out and look when backing. Patients and common sense will get you a long way. Be safe and God bless!
In icy conditions, rub WD40 on wiper arms to prevent ice build up, works great on headlights too.
No matter what your driver manager says … if you’re tired go to bed … it’s easier to explain a late load then to explain an accident…